And in Other News: Harris, Hoole & Hic

[UPDATE: We’ve heard that Harris & Hoole have withdrawn their application. Was it just a speculative punt to widen their range of options or part of a clear strategy to add booze to the mix? Who knows? Well, they do presumably.]

We’re doomed! Doomed! Tuesday’s Evening Standard reported on local opposition to a booze licence application by coffee chain Harris + Hoole for their St Margarets store.

According to the paper’s website, H+H is seeking a licence to sell alcohol from 11.00am to 10.00pm. A cafe that serves wine & beer? Sounds a bit like something for the bloody Frenchies if you ask us. But some locals aren’t having any of that thank you very much. The Standard cites Mark Halton (of the borough’s police licensing team, no less) as having objected to the application on the grounds that it will “attract street drinkers to the area and this will cause an increase in anti-social behaviour”. Ouch! But that’s not all, Mr Halton is also quoted as saying: “This will increase the likelihood of children witnessing drunkenness and urinating in the street”. Blimey. Yes, alcohol can cause significant problems but who’d have thought the antics of a Tesco-backed speciality coffee-house could be so devastating. Presumably all these booze-crazed anti-social street-pissers are the ones who’ve so far shunned the St Margarets Tavern, Turks Head and Crown pubs (and all the shops making off-sales) in the expectation of a cafe selling a bit of booze in St Margarets. Hmmm.

Or does the threat come from all the local yummy mummies, so skilled in making their skinny lattes last for over an hour, who’ll now be ditching their daily coffee shot in favour of something stronger? We just don’t know.

Either way it could well be the thin end of the wedge. Expect Italian influenced Caffe Nero to start serving ‘grappaccino’ in Twickenham sometime very soon. Hic!

St Margarets (pictured in the near future)

* Evening Standard

[and thanks to Alexis who also picked up on this story in his comment here]


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12 responses to “And in Other News: Harris, Hoole & Hic

  1. Dukes of Orleans

    Well, since Tesco have now bought the whole block, above thier oldie little Tesco locale shoppe, they might try for a bar if they decide to up the rent on the poor toy shop in a final squeeze to boot local traders out and open, via the back door, a grande Tesco and Co, to add to Harris and Hall, nee Tesco.

    Shame local residents seem to have flocked to HH, do they know or care, that they might contribute to the demise of other local coffee shops that give the area the character they must have liked when the moved here?

  2. @upend

    I do love the idea of hardened drinkers chosing Harris & Hoole as their preferred watering hole. “May I have a a skinny decaf soya latte, oh and 4 cans of Diamond White to chase”

  3. Ed

    Picture is by Hogarth so more representative of Chiswick than St.Margarets, we don’t do that sort of thing here (much) 😉

  4. Application has now been withdrawn by H&H…. shame, I was looking forward to re-enacting the Withnail & I scene mentioned in the comments.

  5. anonymouse

    I’m sure it will attract only Tesco’s Finest street drinkers.

  6. surely not the turks head blimey i thought it was a social club..

  7. The street drinkers have arrive already, one sitting outside St Margaret Station this morning about 7am, Nice little Chablis if I’m not mistaken

    • Purple Haze

      I’m thinking it will be like ‘Withanail and I’ when the two trampish looking fellows enter the tea room or the pub…
      ‘We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here, and we want them now!’

    • has st margarets gone down the pan of late?

    • Rufus McDufus

      Terribly. It is already just like the picture in this story in fact.

    • @rufus mcdufus shame and it used to be dead posh when i was there late 70s…mind you i was at stables gallery nr there recently and it still had posh looking mews and expensive cars outside..oh well maybe appearances can be deceptive.e

  8. Purple Haze

    You obviously get a better class of street drinker in St Margarets.
    Shame the borough’s police licensing team don’t vet the applications for late night drinking and fast food establishments in central Twickenham as stringently. But then it’s not as posh is it?